Holly Robinson Peete Writes Open Letter to 50 Cent

Holly Robinson Peete Writes Open Letter to 50 Cent

Dear 50 Cent,

Since last night my twitter timeline is flooded with tweets and retweets about a response you posted to someone who insulted you. When I read it my heart sank. I thought maybe your account had been hacked. No such luck. Granted, his comment was completely out of line but your retort: “i just saw your picture fool you look autistic”- was so so disappointing. I mean, that’s your comeback?? And you didn’t stop there. You went on to joke about not wanting “special ed kids” on your timeline. Seriously, THIS is how you use your platform of 8 million plus followers??

I’ve met you in passing over the years and I know you are a bright, astute businessman and legitimate philanthropist so it is with a bit of sincere confusion that I ask you… Do you even know what autism is? And what exactly does “autistic” look like? Do you know how wildly prevalent autism is? 1 in 88 have it. That’s 1 in 54 boys. Families suffer a social stigma you will never know. It is a financial and emotional drain for millions, so our non-profit- HollyRod Foundation works hard to raise funds to help these families cope…

I hope you can see how what you might see as a benign insult-or not- was so randomly hurtful, immature and misinformed. Maybe you are naive or indifferent as to how many of your fans might be deeply and personally offended by your insult. At the very least-can you please delete it? If you’ve read your mentions today I am sure you have felt the wrath of autism parents. We are no joke. Neither is autism. We are not about to let you attempt to make “autistic” the new “R-word” under our watch.

Finally, this is my son Rodney Peete. He has autism. So I guess this is what autistic looks like? He is in special ed. He loves rap music and is a HUGE fan of yours. He’s a tremendous kid. He has to deal with so much trying to fit in. This isn’t helping.

Sincerely,

Holly Robinson Peete

3 Comments

  • michael
    July 8, 2012

    I feel that. But we know in what context 50 was speaking in, to that person and not to the whole, its ok to take advantage of the pr your doing for autism but I think we know how 50 really feels Holly, seeing that he has hown support for cancer striken friend in biopic movie.I’m tired of people making things bigger than what they are…

  • To the other commentator – Yes, we do know in what context 50 made his remark… But it’s still a remark that cannot be easily excused – especially by parents of autistic children. To excuse him for it is to say that autistic is as negative a word as the the B-word, or the N-word. Autistic should not be an insult, autism is a disease. To let it go as an insult is to say that an autistic child is something or someone who is inferior and should be made fun of.. No, 50 should not have used that word to insult his foe. He is an intelligent and articulate young man, and extremely talented. I am 53 years old, not the usual person you would think a rap fan… However, 50 is one of the few rappers whom I really adore. I hope he retracts his statement… and show he is as compassionate as he is talented.

  • By the way, I would like to add that I am not the parent of an autistic child… Nor do I have an autistic child in my family. I just think right is right and wrong is wrong, And people should speak out whether an issue impacts them personally or not.

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